With the cross-country season coming to a climax, Wollaton Hall played host to the penultimate event, 2018's Midland Counties XC Championship and the yellow & black of Harborough was well represented with 17 runners making the trip up the M1. The course offered a tough challenge especially as the day developed, with each lap incorporating two stinging climbs followed by steep descent, the fastest also requiring runners to hurdle a fallen tree trunk, with a brief flat wooded section containing another tree hurdle, all before a leg sapping calf deep 100m long bog to finish.
First on course was the U15W who completed a 2 lapped 4Km edition of the course; Lizzie Clapp returned as first Harborough runner home in a time of 18:08 for 39th, followed by Bethany Wallis in 65th, pursued by Hannah Smith just 10 seconds back in 71st and Eilidh Maclean in 83rd.
Harborough's next representation came in the Womenís 8Km event, where the trio of Jacquie Hanmer, Marise Taylor and Tracy Southwell were taking on the midlands finest. Jacquie crossed the line in a time of 37:36 for 62nd and 2nd V50 Lady, followed by a closely run race with Marise just edging away to finish 207 in 48:46 and Tracy 20 seconds back in 210.
The last race of the day was the menís 12Km race and among the packed field of nearly 500 runners from across our region was a 10 strong Harborough team, the clubs highest number for at least 11 years. After an interesting battle over the first couple of laps Andy Meads pulled away claiming a top 100 finish (86) in a time of 48:10, with Matt Driver narrowly missing out in 49:13 for 104. Next home was Adam Eales (167) with 52:44 followed by Tom Kershaw (203) 54:15, Jamie McAllister (251) 56:27, David MacLean (319) 59:34, Peter Attenborough (354) 1:01:29, William Clap (377) 1:02:57, Graeme Rolfe (388) 1:03:45 and Ian Southwell (399) 1:04:15. Overall the team finished 21st the highest result since 2012.
Photographs from the day can be viewed here.